The rapid technological growth in the field of scientific imaging and an increasing need to understand its complexities has seen a specialist association established to promote this sector.
SIASA, the acronym of the Scientific Imaging Association of South Africa, said in a statement while initially focussing on high-speed imaging, the association will broaden its scope to include more scientific imaging disciplines when potential benefits of the organisation are evident.
The main purpose of SIASA is to foster, in the South African scientific imaging field the development of the community in this field. The objectives of SIASA are directed to providing a networking platform for multi-disciplinary practitioners to facilitate resource and knowledge sharing as well as professional development by means of partnership development, group meetings and seminars.
This will see hard won ‘tips’ and ‘tricks’ shared and disseminated in a community where technical skills and techniques will be promoted. A better appreciation and understanding of complementary and associated imaging disciplines and techniques can be developed and the growth of young engineers and scientists using this technology will be stimulated.
“Individuals, work groups and institutions focussing on scientific imaging and those using any form of scientific imaging as a tool to acquire data are invited to join,” the Association said in an introductory statement.
“SIASA will provide a specialised niche function, focussed on tools used in investigative studies, complementary to capabilities of local organisations in this field. Where other organisations typically focus on outcomes and results SIASA’s focus is more on the ‘materials and methods’ aspects emphasising skills development in optimal experimental design, techniques, setup, execution and equipment use.”
The latest addition to the South African technological and scientific association list sees its efforts assisting in “capacitating the scientist and engineer gathering required data in its best and most reliable form to facilitate understanding and study of the phenomenon”.